30th annual Golden Walleye Classic held at Shaw’s Point Resort

Pictured above are many of the winners of the 30th annual Golden Walleye Classic. There were payouts for each day, from first to twentieth place, as well as for the biggest two-day weight totals, also for first to twentieth place.

Mac Olsen
Express Staff

Fishermen travelled from all over Canada, and some came from the U.S., to Shaw’s Point Resort for the 30th annual Golden Walleye Classic.

Fifty-eight, two-man teams participated each day, and they divided into two groups for 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. shotgun starts respectively.

The event was held on the Labour Day long weekend, although it was delayed on the first day, Sept. 1, due to rough weather on Lesser Slave Lake. But the fishermen managed to get out on Sept. 2 and 3. Ken Sperling, one of the organizers, was pleased with the turnout.

“We’re happy with the numbers, due to the economy,” says Sperling. “I’m pleased it has gone on for 30 years and we look forward to hosting it again next year.”

The fishermen were allowed to catch four walleye per day, bringing them in two at a time to be measured at the weigh-in station at the marina. The fish were then released back into the lake.

Each day, the first group had to be in by 4 p.m., and the second group by 5 p.m., to get their final fish weighed.

PAYOUTS

There were payouts each day, for first place to 20th place, as well as for the two-day weight totals.

Christopher See and Laurance See, of Edson, had the biggest two-day total, with 25.15 pounds of walleye. They collected the grand prize of $33,600 for their efforts.

There were other payouts:

. Matt Roth was the youngest fisherman, 19, and he collected $280.
. Anthony Paoni was the oldest fisherman, 74, and he also collected $280.
. Furthest travelled team was Dean McCammon and Anthony Paoni, from Arizona, and they collected $280.
. Biggest fish on day one: 4.10 pounds, caught by Ray Mitchell and Kevin Kowal, and they received $280.
. Biggest fish on day two: 5.05 pounds, caught by Christopher See and Laurance See, and they received $760 for their efforts.

A silent auction was held as part of the Golden Walleye Classic.

Left-right are Christopher See, tournament organizer Ken Sperling and Laurance See. The Edson duo collected the top prize of $33,600 for the biggest two-day weight total of 25.15 pounds.
Above, as each team arrived at the weigh-in station, a volunteer had to inspect their live wells, to ensure the fish were in good health.
Left-right, are Rachel Shaler and Edana Measures, two of the volunteers who worked at the weigh-in station.

 

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